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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 23 2017, @12:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the closing-the-barn-door dept.

If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president.

“Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here,” he told the Financial Times last month.

To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world.

Evan Williams, who still sits on the company's board of directors, recently told The New York Times that he wants to repair the damage he thinks Twitter and the broader Internet have wrought on society in the form of trolls, cyberbullies, live-streamed violence, fake news and — yes — Trump.

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Williams told the Times. “I was wrong about that.”

“If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,” he said.

Is Twitter responsible?


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  • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:11PM (2 children)

    by jdavidb (5690) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:11PM (#514197) Homepage Journal

    “I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Williams told the Times. “I was wrong about that.”

    Keep in mind a lot of Trump's opposition is also united and communicating through Twitter and other internet-enabled communication.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:32PM

    by c0lo (156) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:32PM (#514213) Journal

    The principle is sound

    Yeah, righto.
    Only that the application of this principle is... what... noise?

    (grin)

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  • (Score: 2) by Arik on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:57PM

    by Arik (4543) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:57PM (#514241) Journal
    Keep in mind that tweeter has nothing whatsoever to do with people being able to speak freely and exchange information.

    That's the most risible and self-righteous pile of utter bullshit I've heard in some time.

    Tweeter is and has always been absolutely opposed to such things, just like all the other walled gardens parasites.
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